Phd Fellowship in nutritional epigenetics in flatfish

Deadline: 18.04.2023


The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture has a vacancy for a Phd Fellowship in nutritional epigenetics in flatfish

About the position

A three-year PhD fellowship in genomics is available at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University (Bodø, Norway).

Nord University

Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future.

In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1,350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally.

Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education.

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA) educates people with the aim of promoting sustainable and innovative development to meet global challenges in food production, climate and environment. The faculty is an international arena for education, research and knowledge dissemination, with employees and students from 31 different countries. The faculty offers a PhD in Aquatic Biosciences. FBA has 900 students and 165 employees in Bodø and Steinkjer. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Aquaculture, Ecology, Genomics and Animal Science, Production and Welfare and Algae and microbial biotechnology.

Read more: www.nord.no/en/fba

FBA invites applications from outstanding candidates for a three-year PhD fellowship within the project HALIBOT - Epigenetic basis of halibut and turbot broodstock improvement through feed supplementation, which is linked to the research grant BREEDFLAT funded by EEA and Norway Grants, and coordinated by CIIMAR (Portugal). The main supervisor of this PhD thesis, professor Jorge Fernandes, is affiliated with the Genomics Division at the FBA.

The overall aim of this PhD thesis is to determine how the broodstock reproductive performance can be enhanced by feed supplementation at an epigenetic level.

The position is to be located in Bodø.

Project summary

Flatfishes, such as Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) and turbot (Scophthalmus maximus), are good candidates for species diversification in aquaculture, since they are highly prized species with proven economic and sustainability potential in marine European aquaculture. However, several production challenges remain, caused mainly by the limited availability of high-quality gametes and larvae. HALIBOT will address this challenge by investigating how the broodstock reproductive performance can be enhanced by feed supplementation at an epigenetic level. This pioneer characterization of the methylome and miRNAome in sperm exosomes will not only improve our understanding of epigenetic intergenerational inheritance but may also enable the development of novel biomarkers to assess the broodstock status.

Qualification requirements

  • At the time of taking up the appointment, the candidate should have completed an MSc degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, namely reproductive biology, epigenetics and genomics. The grades at the qualifying MS examination needs to be B or better (ECTS scale from A-E)
  • This challenging project requires a highly motivated, creative and ambitious applicant with an excellent academic record and the ability to collaborate with other members of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Hands-on experience in exosome isolation, next-generation sequencing, epigenetic analysis and bioinformatics are advantageous for the position.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English is essential and must be documented either by the Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification or internationally recognised certificates, such as TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL or similar. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is beneficial for the position.
  • The successful candidate will join the PhD programme in Aquatic Biosciences at Nord University and is expected to complete a doctorate within the three-year project period. The candidate should fulfill the admission requirements of this PhD programme at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture and participate in the training components stipulated in regulations of the PhD program.
  • Application for admission to the programme must be submitted within three months after taking up the position. For admission requirements and regulations, see our web page.

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Themes and perspectives from the applicant's master's degree will be given weight in the assessment of candidates. Project sketch with description of project idea and plan for implementation.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • The applicant's description of motivation for doctoral work and opportunities for implementation. Relevant experience from research work will count positively.
  • The applicant's motivation to apply for the position

We offer

The annual salary for doctoral researchers (code 1017) is set at wage level 54, LR 20, NOK 491 200,- in the Norwegian State Salary Scale.

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A workplace with steady progressive development
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active university sports team

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review

Contact information

For further information about the position, please contact:

Questions related to the application process should be addressed to the head of office Irene Stork (e-mail: [email protected]).

Application process

Applicants will be evaluated by an internal expert committee. Relevant applicants will be invited for an interview, trial lecture or other presentations.

The Faculty reserve the right not to hire applicants who may be scientifically qualified but who do not meet other criteria such as language, educational background or personal characteristics


Applications must be submitted electronically by 18. April 2023.

Applicants for this position are required to provide the following:

  • Motivation letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for this position, relevant experience and how she/ he will contribute to the successful implementation of HALIBOT and BREEDFLAT (maximum 1 page)
  • A research proposal of a potential research project (maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (maximum 3 pages)
  • Certified copies of academic degree transcripts and any other relevant qualifications
  • Contact details for at least two referees
  • Signed consent form PhD (if relevant)

All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form.

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.

After the application period has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, the identity of particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their identity must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make any information about the applicant public.

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